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Highlights of Kenya Shared Safari

A Black-maned Lion on the Maasai Mara, Kenya

Safari Overview

This 7 night, 8 day Safari provides a selection of Kenya highlights on a shared basis with other travellers at Sarova hotels, lodges and camps.

Accommodation is in four Sarova hotels/lodges/camps; staying first at the Sarova Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, followed by Sarova Shaba Game Lodge, then Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge at Lake Nakuru and finally at Mara Sarova Game Camp in the Masai Mara.

Travel is by 4x4 vehicles on a  shared basis.

Sarova hotels, lodges and camps provide excellent value for money without compromising on quality, so you can be assured of a great safari.

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival (Nairobi)

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International (JKI) Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by our customer care representative and transferred to the Sarova Stanley Hotel for check in and overnight stay.

The Sarova Stanley Hotel, situated in the city centre, was where the travellers, including Earnest Hemingway, gathered for a drink at the legendary Thorn Tree Café before or after a long safari.  A message board on the acacia xanthophildea tree is used by travellers to make contact with fellow travellers.  The 220 room hotel has been refurbished to a high standard and still retains the original Victorian charm.  Bedrooms with private bathrooms are very comfortable while the restaurants serve excellent international cuisine.  The gym is excellent, pool large and the conference facilities are extremely modern.

Overnight: Sarova Stanley Hotel - Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2 - Nairobi / Shaba Game Reserve

Heading north after an early breakfast, you'll pass near Thika and continue north through some breathtaking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and fields of tea and coffee.  After Nanyuki town, you'll continue north, eventually reaching a dusty outpost known as Isiolo, the last major stop on the journey into the remote northern frontier district.  From here it's a fairly short hop to Shaba, arrive at the lodge in time for lunch and then depart for an afternoon game drive arriving back at the lodge as the sun sets.

Shaba Game Reserve was made famous by the late Joy Adamson and her lioness Elsa, and is often referred to as “Born Free Country”.  Located on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, Sarova Shaba offers a luxury seldom found in a large African bush lodge.  There are 80 chalet rooms, or for those looking for a little extra luxury, 4 junior suites and one honeymoon suite.  The tranquil flow of sparkling spring water throughout the grounds creates an atmosphere of peace and serenity as it collects and cascades and attracts a great variety of birds.  There is also a large pool to enjoy, crocodile feeding and evening entertainment provided by local Samburu dancers.

Overnight: Sarova Shaba Game Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3 - Shaba Game Reserve

An early morning game drive followed by an outdoor breakfast.  Then for the remainder of the morning, one is able to relax by the pool or terrace, overlooking the river.  After lunch there will be another game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.

Added Value: Sarova Shaba Riverside Breakfast.  Enjoy a “bubbly” riverside breakfast, dining against the backdrop of the Ewaso Nyiro River and Shaba Game Reserve.  Delight in this experience, as the wilderness slowly comes alive around you.

Overnight: Sarova Shaba Game Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4 - Shaba Game Reserve / Lake Nakuru National Park

Leaving Shaba behind, you'll travel south through Isiolo, crossing the northernmost foothills of Mount Kenya, until you get to the town of Nanyuki.  Here you'll head west to Nyahururu, still known to many as Thomson's Falls for its 237 foot cascade.  Now travel in a southerly direction to Lake Nakuru.  The lake is often coloured by a shimmering flamingo pink, from the beautiful birds lining its shores.  Once in the park, there will be a game drive en route to the lodge.  Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.

Added Value: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge Bush Lunch.  Relish the ultimate safari experience with a perfect outdoor “bush” lunch, al fresco style, as you take in the panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park.

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge overlooks one of the world's greatest ornithological spectacles, Lake Nakuru and its surrounding national park, the lodge is set high on a plateau and offers panoramic views of the shimmering lake in the distance.  Here, what feels like millions of flamingos, pelicans and marabou storks always gather and the landscape seems to blossom as natural foliage and a variety of wild flower continually bloom.  There are only 65 modern en-suite bedrooms here, and meals are excellent and served inside the lodge, by the pool or under a forest of towering acacia trees.  The Rift Valley bar is always a great watering spot and is located on the ground floor with great views of the lake.

Overnight: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5 - Lake Nakuru National Park / Maasai Mara National Reserve

After an early morning breakfast leave the flamingo fringed Lake Nakuru behind and head for Njoro town, where you begin your ascent up over the top of the Mau Escarpment.  Then, heading due south, travel towards Narok, the gateway to the Maasai Mara and district headquarters of this part of Masai land.  You'll travel across the “breadbasket” of Kenya, covered with acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Mara in time for lunch.  Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the camp as the sun sets.

Added Value: Mara Sarova Game Camp Boma Dinner.  Enjoy a unique wilderness dining experience under a star-studded sky, with a live barbeque demonstration as you sip on your favourite drink and listen to the calls of the wild.  This will be enjoyed along with traditional Masai music and dance.

Mara Sarova Game Camp is located inside the eastern section of the Masai Mara and hidden in a wonderful little forested valley away from sight of other Mara visitors.  The 75 tents are luxurious with a permanent roof and floor, zip-up fronts, attached bathroom, running hot water and electricity supply.  Wooden walkways link the tents and manicured lawns with the main dining / bar areas, and are built over wide lily ponds.  Bird life is abundant, with kingfishers a specialty.  The impressive main building consists of a high thatched lobby, Oloip bar with its cosy log fireplace, a big dining area and outdoor terrace with side-angle views.  Food and service are excellent and there is a small private area by the pond for private meals if needed.  There is also a sparkling swimming pool surrounded by sun lounges for those who want an alternate activity.

Overnight: Mara Sarova Game Camp - Meal Plan: Full Board

Days 6 & 7 - Maasai Mara National Reserve

Early morning and afternoon game drives.  It is possible to pre-book an optional early morning Balloon Safari.

The Masai Mara is one of the best known and most visited reserves in Africa. The park is surrounded by concession areas and tribal lands of the Masai tribes people.  These are unfenced from the Mara and act as a buffer zone for the National Park and form part of the migration area.  The Masai Mara consists of open savannah, rolling grasslands and undulating hills.  July to September sees the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle coming from the plains of the Serengeti driven by dry conditions in the Serengeti and led by the lightning and thunder to the north, huge herds of mammals cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara's grasslands.

Overnight: Mara Sarova Game Camp - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8 - Departure

After breakfast you’ll depart the Masai Mara and head across acres of rolling wheat and barley farms to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Masai land.  From here cross the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley whilst keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle before heading up the rift escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners during World War II.  You’ll arrive into Kenya’s bustling capital around mid day.  Once in the city, clients will be dropped off at the drop off point or at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international departure flight back home, or onward to an optional beach extension.

“Safari Njema.  Kwaheri na urudi tena.” – End of Safari.  Goodbye and come back again.



Additional Information

Passenger Information

** Luggage

Due to limited luggage space in vehicles, suitcases are unsuitable for scheduled road safaris.  We recommend luggage packed in inexpensive barrel/sausage bags or soft sided bags (holdalls) not exceeding 15 kgs and 65x46 cm.

Excess luggage can be handed over to the representative at time of briefing.  It will be handed over to you on your return from safari.  Additional costs may apply to pick up drop off luggage at specific points.

Please Note

Prices are subject to change without notice, so please ask for an up to date quotation before making commitments.

Confirmation is subject to availability at time of reservation.

In the event that the quoted accommodation is not available at the time of reservation, alternative accommodation of a similar calibre will be provided.


Cost per person sharing

Cost per person in a single room

24th April

US$ 2,104

US$ 2,174

17th July

US$ 3,036

US$ 3,812

21st August

US$ 3,036

US$ 3,812

19th October

US$ 3,036

US$ 3,812

20th November

US$ 2,512

US$ 3,007

18th December

US$ 3,151

US$ 3,944

Safari Price Guide for a 4x4 safari vehicle with pop-up roof on a shared basis

Extra transfer requests as below (min 4 people)

Child and Third Adult Policy

On this itinerary, the accommodation on Day 1 cannot be changed, as the itinerary is based on a Full Circuit.  Breaking the circuit will involve supplementary costs.